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Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School discover a social networking site that promises to grant their every need ... regardless of the consequences. A new iPhone? Concert tickets? Kaylee needs a kidney for her sick brother. Can't hurt to try, can it? But soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes, and the body count rises.
Publisher: Boston, MA ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544416697
Call Number: TEEN FIC CHA
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm


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sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 9/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 10/10
For some reason, I did not expect this to be as "thriller" as it turned out to be, but I really enjoyed the ride. There are definitely some dark revelations about human nature in this novel, but it was a page-turner that kept me going until the end. Really well-resolved and a worthwhile read.

Sep 18, 2018

'Need' has a wonderfully compelling premise, and the story itself captures the interest. The main character Kaylee is a troubled teen with family problems who doesn't know the whole story. Like anybody would do, she tries to force people to help her sick brother and ends up isolating herself from not only her friends, but her mother as well.

The difference between a want and a need is explored quite well, and it shows that people don't always think before they go for something they 'need.' Another theme explored is the internet and anonymity and the fact that what you do behind the safety of the computer screen can have devastating consequences.

The problem for me is the generic ending. Whereas the mystery is intriguing and the web of different characters and people weave together well in the narrative, the ending is not as good as I think the story deserved.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a good conspiracy and to those who enjoy mystery. Perhaps they can get more enjoyment out of the end of the book than I did. I don't regret reading it though.

Aug 28, 2018

What do you need? A phone? A new toy? At Nottawa high school there is an app for that. Each day many students are joining the latest social networking site, NEED. All you have to do is type in what you need and perform a small task and then you will receive it. But these tasks are getting more dangerous each day, and eventually many lives are lost from the dangers of these crimes. Kaylee Dunham has heard of the new website and she knows exactly what she needs. A kidney for her brother. Kaylee doesn't like the new website, but maybe she can get what she wants and help her brother. Is Kaylee willing to risk it? Find out by reading NEED. This book was a great read. Told from multiple perspectives, NEED will be one of your favourite mystery reads. I liked this book a lot, but I think that it was told from too many perspectives. The perspectives changed in each chapter and so I had to stop and think, who is this again? By the end of the book it did improve because a lot of these characters had passed away. NEED is a great book for anyone ages fourteen and older. Rating- 4/5 stars. -@readit12 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 22, 2017

It can be somewhat confusing following the entire story. The author decided to write from the viewpoint of several different characters. Overall it was good but the ending was definitely suspenseful.

Library_Jill Jul 12, 2017

"I Am the Messenger" meets "Runt" in this gripping thriller about an exclusive social media site that offers teens at a Wisconsin high school what they NEED in exchange for fulfilling a mission for the site. The story is told through the eyes of several of the students using the site, and their motivations are convincingly explored by the author as the situation escalates and the mystery begins to unfold. Those sensitive or violence (or a little bit of language) might want to approach this book with caution, but those interested in exploring the power of social media, teenage pressures, or the difference between a want and a need will find much to chew on here.

Jan 18, 2017

The premise behind this was utterly fascinating in the age of ever-present social media and online access, and I was immediately gripped by the story. I tore through the pages just so I could find out how far these kids would go to have their needs (read: wants) fulfilled. It grew very dark, very quickly. If someone is looking for a psychological thriller, this would definitely be a title I would consider recommending for that reader. Some of the plot points did seem a little sensational, occasionally far-fetched, and sometimes overly convoluted than it needed to be. But it did feel very real during other moments. I was less enamored with the ending and had correctly predicted the primary instigator behind it all. It feels like a standalone book, but I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel or series may be squeezed out of the concept. The set-up is gripping; I didn't want to put it down. However, the ending was less than impressive.

Mar 22, 2016

This book is a really good read. Before I even knew it, I was finished it; took me less than 24 hours to read it. Although some parts were a bit dry, and there were too many narrators (many of which were not fully developed characters, who just pop up every now and then), I really enjoyed the way each chapter ended with a suspenseful statement that made putting down the book impossible.

Nov 25, 2015

This was such a good book with the twist on social media. I figured out who was behind NEED before the book explained it all though. Leaves it open for a sequel and I kinda hope she does write one.


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